Identification of potential for stand-alone solar charging in Africa

Lehrstuhl für Fahrzeugtechnik
Semesterarbeit / Masterarbeit /
theoretisch /  

The potential of electric vehicles in Africa

To face climate change in the mobility sector, electric vehicles (EVs) propose a solution for emission free mobility. In the global North, the transition to electromobility is already progressing, however the global south mainly remains on internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs). For communities in rural Sub-Saharan Africa there is a lack of mobility and access to electricity. However, solar energy is overabundant and Sub-Saharan Africa is a perfect location for solutions based on photovoltaic technologies.

Your contribution

Our project proposes decentralized solar charging stations combined with electric vehicles as the main driving force for rural mobility in Africa. As part of the project, we aim to identify the necessary requirements for the successful operation of a solar charging station with an electric vehicle. Therefore, a parametric tool to estimate the demand for solar charging stations shall be developed. The tool shall estimate the demand for off-grid energy by using satellite and population data.

  • Short literature review about demand analysis for off-grid/mini-grid solutions
  • Derivation of methodology of how to estimate demand (e.g. GIS, population data, open street map)
  • Design a parametric tool with the input of a certain region and the output of how many solar charging stations are needed where

You want to do your thesis in a team of students? That’s how we work. We have weekly meetings, mid-term presentations and team events. You might have the possibility to travel with the team to Ethiopia or South Africa for validating your findings.


If we sparked your interest, send us a mail with your CV, grades and short motivation. You will hear from us!



Verwendete Technologien
GIS, Nachhaltigkeit, Elektromobilität, Batterien, Solarladen, Africa, Afrika, aCar
FTM Studienarbeit, FTM EV System Design, FTM Goetz, FTM Informatik, FTM EV, FTM EV Operations
Möglicher Beginn
Korbinian Götz, M. Sc.
Raum: MW3529
Tel.: +89 289 10497